Welcome to the Archives of the Diocese of Burlington
The mission of the diocesan Archives is to collect, organize, preserve and (when possible) make available for research the historical and vital records of the Diocese of Burlington, as well as the materials which reflect the work of the Church within the Diocese to promote an understanding of and cultivate an appreciation for the Catholic Church’s history and heritage in the State of Vermont. In addition to caring for events of the past, the Archives exist to ensure that diocesan acts created today are preserved for future generations.
What are the Diocesan Archives?
The Archives of the Diocese of Burlington contain historical materials pertaining to bishops, the chancery, parishes, diocesan offices, institutions, personal papers, audiovisual materials, and photographs as well as a diverse collection of relics that are available to be borrowed by parishes for veneration.
The Diocesan Archives are a service organization that exist primarily for their institutional usefulness to the administration of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington. Therefore, it is the primary purpose of the archival function to assist the Bishop, Chancery, and all offices and agencies of the diocese with the information necessary to fulfill their responsibilities.
Learn about the history of the Diocese of Burlington.
Diocesan Offices Holy Days and holidays 2024:
- Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God and New Year’s Day (observed): Monday, January 1, 2024
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: Monday, January 15, 2024
- Presidents Day: Monday, February 19, 2024
- Good Friday (offices close at noon): Friday, March 29, 2024
- Memorial Day: Monday, May 27, 2024
- Independence Day: Tuesday, July 4, 2024
- Labor Day: Monday, September 2, 2024
- Thanksgiving: Thursday and Friday, November 28 and 29, 2024
- Christmas Break: December 24 through December 31, 2024
(802) 658-6110 x1332
Tuesdays and Wednesdays
8 am to 1 pm
Please contact the Archives
Historic Record Collection
The diocesan Archives serve as the repository for the historical and administrative records of the Diocese of Burlington. These records are arranged in specific collections such as the records and papers of bishops, Chancery offices and consultative bodies, historic records of parishes and schools and sacramental records. Each of these collections contain various records which may include photographs, audiovisual material, printed parish histories, programs from significant diocesan or parish events, maps and blueprints, and artifacts.
Currently, the Diocesan Archives are not open for public research. For more information on the types of records available for research, for specific research questions, or sacramental record inquiries, please contact the Archives directly.
Sacramental Record Collection
The Archives repository makes the heritage of the Diocese of Burlington available for historical researchers within the guidelines of the canon, civil, and diocesan law. The Archives staff views genealogical research as a legitimate and important effort in assisting individuals to place themselves and their families within the context of the history of the Catholic church in Vermont. The Diocesan Archives does not maintain cemetery records.
We will assist researchers within the constraints of available resources such as financial, equipment, space, and staff.
Sacramental records – genealogy research
Though the Diocese of Burlington was established in 1853, sacramental records begin as early as 1830. Individuals seeking sacramental records for genealogical research will not receive certified copies of records. Rather, the Archives staff will provide names, dates, and places where sacraments (baptism, marriage, burials) took place, if the records can be located. A copy of the original record will not be provided.
Personal sacramental records
All current sacramental registers are retained at the parish where the sacrament took place. Individuals seeking certified copies of their record from an active parish should contact that parish. For contact information for the active parishes of the Diocese of Burlington, visit the parish directory.
The Diocesan Archives will assist in sacramental records retrieval only in the event that individuals are unsure of the parish where the sacrament took place.
Access only if unsure of location of the sacrament
Orphanage Records Requests
Records of the former St. Joseph’s Orphanage are maintained by the office of Vermont Catholic Charities.
- Former residents or immediate relatives of former residents must make requests in writing and provide a valid photo ID.
- Those seeking orphanage information for genealogy purposes must also make requests in writing and provide a valid photo ID; only entry and/or exit dates relating ancestors to the Orphanage will be provided.